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Poster: Memphis Blues Date: Oct 7, 2011 12:47pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Top Shakedown Openers?

I stumbled onto this recording earlier today after watching a couple videos from the 1987 View from the Vault show. I'm not a huge 80's fan but this Shakedown opener and the recording is pretty awesome. You can feel the audience, Jerry is singing well, Phil is prominent and sounds great, background vocals work well. So any other suggestions on great groovy Shakedown openers?

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1987-03-30.nak300.damico.89341.sbeok.flac16

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Poster: rastamon Date: Oct 7, 2011 1:24pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top Shakedown Openers?

I've always enjoyed this one >> http://www.archive.org/details/gd1984-12-31.akg.keshavan.miller.106684.flac16

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Oct 7, 2011 2:27pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top Shakedown Openers?

How about a couple of nice second set openers...

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1979-10-31.sbd-bertha.ashley.17360.shnf

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1981-05-16.sbd.miller.30647.sbeok.flac16

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Poster: rdenirojb87 Date: Oct 7, 2011 2:33pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top Shakedown Openers?

well cliff, then you need to include 1985-06-30 in your list. tsk tsk.

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1985-06-30.sbd.miller.89192.sbeok.flac16

this should be included as well:
http://www.archive.org/details/gd1979-10-25.aud-set1.sbd-set2.miller.22311.shnf

This post was modified by rdenirojb87 on 2011-10-07 21:33:43

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Poster: clashcity Date: Oct 7, 2011 2:50pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top Shakedown Openers?

I think out of all the Shakedowns 6/30/85 is the most epic.

There are many others out there that are great, but there's something special going on with this one.

I'm not even that big a fan of the rest of the show, but they nailed that Shakedown.

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Poster: DeadRed1971 Date: Oct 7, 2011 3:19pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top Shakedown Openers?

I must be missing it. What is so special about this one?

I can't stand Bobby's background vocals on it. Jerry flubs a lot of the words. I'd take the 4/26/83 Philly over it any day.



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Poster: srtg83 Date: Oct 7, 2011 3:20pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top Shakedown Openers?

The build-up in the jam is what so special about it, Red. More often then not, the jam simply ends when Garcia had enough, here there is a climax to the jam.

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Poster: clashcity Date: Oct 7, 2011 3:44pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top Shakedown Openers?

This one (of quite a many actually) I'll take Jerry's lyrical flubs out of the mix for the outstanding jam.

I also think 9/18/87 gets a mention here for some titanic playing from Jerry and the rest of the band, but then it kind of unravels at the end.

http://www.archive.org/details/gd87-09-18.sbd.samaritano.20025.sbeok.shnf

Listening to 4/26/83 now...
http://www.archive.org/details/gd1983-04-26.sbd.miller.97544.sbeok.flac16

So far I'm noting the break-neck pace, Brent's synth is all over the place, and the very shrill mix... where's Phil dammit? no bottom end.

Jerry flubs the lyrics in many a Shakedown and I believe 4/26 can be included in that list.

Starting to get better around 7 mins in though...

I'd still take 6/30 after listen to the 4/26 recommendation. All little to frantic for my tastes.

This post was modified by clashcity on 2011-10-07 22:44:30

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Oct 10, 2011 2:22pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top Shakedown Openers?

I would think just about anyone from the Bay Area has to give a nod to the 12-6-89 earthquake benefit show. Just ask my buddy High Flow

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Poster: rdenirojb87 Date: Oct 7, 2011 2:21pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top Shakedown Openers?

very good show overall. the shakedown is ultra groovy:

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1981-12-31.sbd.fix.walker-scotton.miller.96106.sbeok.flac16


another killer version:

http://www.archive.org/details/gd83-06-24.nak300.willy.7291.sbeok.shnf


This post was modified by rdenirojb87 on 2011-10-07 21:21:00

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Poster: CharlieMiller Date: Oct 7, 2011 2:17pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top Shakedown Openers?

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1981-12-31.sbd.fix.walker-scotton.miller.96106.sbeok.flac16

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Poster: rdenirojb87 Date: Oct 7, 2011 2:21pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top Shakedown Openers?

Somehow I missed this copy. Thank you, it sounds spectacular! The near-perfect sound mix gives this show that extra edge. Not a huge fan of Baez, but the 2 sets performed by just the GD show the boys in peak form for 1981.

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Poster: CharlieMiller Date: Oct 7, 2011 3:40pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top Shakedown Openers?

They played 4 sets total that night. One without Joan.

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Poster: rdenirojb87 Date: Oct 7, 2011 4:02pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top Shakedown Openers?

Oops, I didn't bother to check. I just assumed an 80's show would most likely have 2 sets, although it is a NYE show which I also failed to realize.

I wonder how many shows from the 80's & 90's have 3 full sets.

And what are some of the longest post-hiatus shows?

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Poster: RBNW....new and improved! Date: Oct 8, 2011 3:46am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top Shakedown Openers?

FOUR SIX EIGHTY TWO....SPECTRUM!!! INTERPLAY OF JERRY AND BRENT IS DAMN NEAR PERFECT!!!~!~

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Poster: Memphis Blues Date: Oct 8, 2011 7:12am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top Shakedown Openers?

Hey cool. My birthday, too. I was the ripe old age of 3 years old for 4/6/82.

Thanks for all the input. I seem to have almost incited a riot with my question.

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Poster: CharlieMiller Date: Oct 8, 2011 7:44am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top Shakedown Openers?

I was at this show. I didn't list it since I thought we were talking about show openers, not set openers.

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Poster: RBNW....new and improved! Date: Oct 8, 2011 8:04am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top Shakedown Openers?

Some one is paying attention to details. Obviously not me!!! Great Shakedown though!!!! I was there as well...

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Poster: lobster12 Date: Oct 7, 2011 6:17pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top Shakedown Openers?

agreed on that Shakedown and the Joe D'amico recording is really nice as well

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Poster: utopian Date: Oct 8, 2011 4:42am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top Shakedown Openers?

10-22-83

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